Welcome to Ankeny Physical Therapy

The Local Provider Difference

Our team of physical therapists has over 45 years combined experience serving the Ankeny Community. Our objective is to provide top quality rehabilitation and compassionate therapy that focuses on you, the patient, as well as your injury.

Ankeny Physical Therapy was founded on the premise of quality, hands-on, personalized service. It is our belief that injuries and illnesses are more easily treated if our patients /clients are comfortable in their surrounding and confident in our professional abilities. Through detailed examination of the musculoskeletal system, problem areas are identified and corrected with the philosophy of getting patients/clients back to their highest possible level of functioning in the quickest safest manner possible. Whether you have back or neck pain, a work or leisure related injury or a sports performance problem, we take significant pride in providing a holistic approach to your physical therapy needs. We augment traditional physical therapy services with manual therapy techniques and functional training to maximize your outcome.

Our Programs in Detail:

Sports Medicine Back to Work Program Osteoarthritis Free Core Strengthening and Cardio Fitness Class




Personalized care & education


ankeny_aaronAaron Christiansen, MS, PT, Director

Aaron is a native of Early, Iowa. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and then attended Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center where he received his M.S. in Physical Therapy. Aaron joined Ankeny Physical and Sports Therapy in 1998. He has professional interests in manual therapy, sports medicine, vestibular rehabilitation and industrial rehabilitation.

Aaron routinely consults with local industries and area sports teams providing performance enhancement and injury prevention programs. He has served as an adjunct instructor for Des Moines University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program and has also published research in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Aaron is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth sports in Ankeny, and church activities at St. Paul Lutheran in Ankeny.

Aaron and his family reside in Ankeny.

ankeny_charlieCharlie Flatness, MS, DPT

Charlie is a native of Mason City, Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he competed on the Swimming Team for three years and received his B.S. in Management. Charlie attended Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center where he received his M.S. and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He joined Ankeny Physical and Sports Therapy in 2000. Charlie’s professional interests include general orthopedics, manual therapy, and sports medicine.

Charlie provides sports medicine services to Ankeny High School. Charlie enjoys competitive swimming, biking, Iowa State Athletics and spending time with family.
Charlie and his wife live in Ankeny with their three children.


Additional programs are available. Contact us for information on additional or specialty programs you may need.

Orthopedic Care

Neck & Head Aches
Low Back/Spine Conditions
Surgical Repairs/Reconstruction
Manual Therapy
Prenatal/Post Partum
Hand Therapy

Sports Medicine

Ankeny High School Sports Medicine Provider
Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education & Prevention
Knee, Shoulder, Foot and Ankle Rehab
Overhead Athlete (Throwing Injuries)
Sports Performance Enhancement
Personal Training
Endurance Training

Worker's Compensation / Rehabilitation

Work Rehabilitation
Functional Capacity Evaluations
Post-Offer Employment Testing
Work Conditioning/Hardening
Industrial Consultation
Ergonomic Analysis

Specialty Niche Programs

Balance/Fall Prevention
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Cancer Related Fatigue Program
OA Centers of America
Cold Laser

Ankeny Physical & Sports Therapy is offering FREE INJURY SCREENS to those experiencing pain.
*Not applicable to patients in federal or state funded programs such as Medicare or Medicaid.
* Injury screening is a consultation and does not involve a physical therapy evaluation or treatment.


Functional Outcome Questionnaires

Please fill out the appropriate survey prior to your first visit.

Arm, Shoulder and/or Hand Pain | Download

Low Back Pain | Download

Lower Extremity Pain | Download

Neck Disability | Download

Patient Forms

For your convenience, you may print and complete these forms prior to your first visit.

New Patient Registration Form Packet | Download

Monthly Newsletter


The Therapy Connection | Download


For Additional Questions Please Contact Us At (515) 965-1422

Can I choose where I want to have therapy?

Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.

Do I need a physician referral to receive therapy?

We operate in a direct access state where, if your insurance plan authorizes self-referral to physical therapy, a physician referral is not necessary for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. Please check with your insurance though as many health insurance plans require a physicians referral for therapy to be covered. We also offer treatments, services and/or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.

Does your facility submit claims to my insurance company?

As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.

Your First Visit:

Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a maximum recovery.

What do I bring on my first visit?

– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical Insurance Card
– Your ID
– A copy of your medication list including dosages, if you have it
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a workers compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.

Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.

What do I wear?

We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.

How long is each visit?

Each visit will last 60 – 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.

How often do I go to treatment?

In order for you to achieve the result that you deserve, you will be given a treatment plan after your initial evaluation. It is important for your recovery that you attend every appointment outlined by your therapist and prescribed by your physician. You may start to feel better after only a few visits, but can relapse if you do not complete your entire course of therapy.


Ankeny Physical Therapy

301 North Ankeny Blvd. Suite 200
Ankeny, IA 50023
T:(515) 965-1422
F:(515) 965-1449

Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm

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